Francesco Valagussa

Cognitive Field and Metaphorical Creation

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Keywords: Metaphor; Similarity; Algebra; Fable-in-brief; Model-making.

The present article focuses on the leading role of metaphor in cognition: metaphor creates similarities instead of formulating antecedently existing similarities. We could imagine metaphor as a filter producing not only new relationships between different things, but also new things in itself by searching out these relationships. According to Vico, metaphor is a «fable in brief» which is the first organization of the world. This point of view enables us to consider metaphor as a way in which language shows itself as a model-making instrument.

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